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Biaggi on Pole for French 500 GP

Yamaha’s Max Biaggi rode a blistering lap to take pole for tomorrow’s 500 GP race in France. Defending champion Kenny Roberts, Jr. (Suzuki) appears to be finally gaining the pace, as he put his Suzuki second on the grid, ahead of Honda’s Valentino Rossi.

Yamaha’s Garry McCoy broke a scaphoid bone in a high-side crash during morning practice, and withdrew from the weekend’s activities.

Honda’s Daijiro Katoh, winner of all three events in the 250 class this year, again took pole in France ahead of Aprilia’s Tetsuya Harada.

250cc Final Qualifying Results

1.	Daijiro Katoh		#74	HONDA		1:41.065
2.	Tetsuya Harada		#31	APRILIA		1:41.108
3.	Marco Melandri		#5	APRILIA		1:41.328
4.	Fonsi Nieto		#10 	APRILIA		1:41.595
5.	Emillio Alzamora	#7	HONDA		1:41.840
6.	Randy De Puniet		#81	APRILIA		1:41.895
7.	Jeremy McWilliams	#99	APRILIA		1:42.117
8.	Naoki Matsudo		#8	YAMAHA		1:42.181
9.	Sebastian Porto		#9	YAMAHA		1:42.184
10.	Roberto Locatelli	#15	APRILIA		1:42.225

500cc Final Qualifying Results

1.	Max Biaggi		#3	YAMAHA		1:38.421
2. Kenny Roberts #1 SUZUKI 1:38.668
3. Valentino Rossi #46 HONDA 1:38.852
4. Shinya Nakano #56 YAMAHA 1:38.891
5. Carlos Checa #7 YAMAHA 1:39.093
6. Noriyuki Haga #41 YAMAHA 1:39.115
7. Norick Abe #6 YAMAHA 1:39.132
8. Loris Capirossi #65 HONDA 1:39.247
9. Alex Criville #28 HONDA 1:39.275
10. Garry McCoy #5 YAMAHA 1:39.366